06.22.08 · 7:23 PM
We’re tired, but it’s a good tired
There is a feeling shared among high-level tennis players that the fifth set of a best-of-five match has nothing to do with tennis. It has everything to do with endurance. The same can be said of the last day of covering the sprawling CineVegas Film Festival. CineVegas is the quintessential symbiotic relationship among organizers, participants and media – we call work feverishly to keep each other busy with daylong screenings, red carpet events and onstage Q&A sessions; and nightlong parties. ... Read more...
06.22.08 · 2:05 PM
The key to a good interview? Knowing your subject.
As tabloids are so fond of proving, there’s an all-too-human side to everyone living in the spotlight. Yet most actors overwhelmingly prefer to talk about their “craft” in serious interview situations, forgetting that audiences may care far more about connecting with some semblance of humanity captured on the screen than about how working with so-and-so was, like, really cool and fun to do. Saturday’s conversation with Marquee Award winner and Choke star Anjelica Houston was an inspired balance of both, ... Read more...
06.21.08 · 11:24 PM
All shook up over Elvis
After glimpses of (in descending order) Morgan Spurlock, Viggo Mortensen, Anjelica Houston and Rosario Dawson, the next celeb on my personal CineVegas Sighting Excite-o-meter was Elvis Mitchell. And he’s not even a real celeb, but the former film critic for the New York Times and idea-and-interview man behind The Black List: Volume One (which I didn’t manage to catch). The dude’s always exuded knowledgeable cool, especially for a writer of his distinction, with his cascading dreads, effortlessly laid-back suits and ... Read more...
06.21.08 · 10:57 PM
Getting just weird enough
I wasn’t around for Hunter S. Thompson’s 2003 CineVegas appearance supporting the world premiere of Breakfast With Hunter, but Saturday’s sole 2008 showing of Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson offered a certain party atmosphere in its own right. The theater was packed with an audience that leaned forward in anticipation and frequently broke into generous, applauding laughter, but it was the seemingly tipsy woman toward the back who shouted out in delight when the documentary ... Read more...
06.21.08 · 4:14 PM
From sweaty Caan to golden footwear: A red-carpet wrap
Random thoughts (my own) collected from last night’s CineVegas awards ceremony and reception at the Planet Hollywood pool: James Caan said he wasn’t sure just what award he would be accepting, but when reminded it was the festival’s Vegas Icon Award, said, “I like the sound of that. It sounds noble. Icon Caan.” He was sweated through his white suit jacket and complained about the heat, but seemed enlivened about the event. “This is the first time my bag will ... Read more...
06.21.08 · 3:28 PM
Rosario Dawson puts on the charm
At the Comic-Con in San Diego a few years ago, I went to what was billed as a conversation with filmmaker Kevin Smith, who’s known for his epic, free-form chats in which he tells Hollywood stories, takes questions from the audience and riffs on whatever pops into his head. Smith, however, was stuck in traffic and running late, so the task of placating the auditorium full of rabid fanboys fell to Rosario Dawson, who at the time was promoting her ... Read more...
06.21.08 · 2:21 PM
And the winners are…
It’s been a wild nine days of CineVegas 2008, and the tenth year of the festival wraps up today with Sean McGinly’s The Great Buck Howard. There have been tons of films, a marathon of parties and star studded red carpets graced by industry legends like Robert Duval and Anjelica Huston. Today, CineVegas announced the winners of this year’s festival awards. Feature Jury Competition: The Grand Jury Prize: She Unfolds By Day Special Jury Award: Dark Streets for the “collaborative ... Read more...
06.21.08 · 11:23 AM
Cheadle talks of his (brief) stand-up career and playing Sammy
Don Cheadle sank into the large white couch and turned awkwardly to his left to answer questions from renowned film critic Elvis Mitchell. He looked uncomfortable, probably because he was. “This is really disconcerting,” he said. Mitchell agreed, saying, “Let’s get down here and talk to people.” So they moved to the edge of the stage under the screen at theater No. 5 at Brenden Theaters at the Palms and held their hourlong session looking like two guys handing out ... Read more...
06.21.08 · 1:14 AM
And they don’t utilize their MySpace page to the fullest, either …
Nine days in, and it was only this evening that I first heard (or read, actually) of the 10 “trailers” making up the CineVegas Viral Videos. I had caught a few of the experimental snippets before certain features, but until now had been unaware of exactly what they were or where they came from. Reads the official literature, “For our tenth anniversary we asked alum filmmakers to make online trailers for CineVegas X. From dark, atmospheric motel rooms to boxing, ... Read more...
06.21.08 · 12:24 AM
Anatomy of an indie: Momma’s Man
It’s hard to make an independent film. With limited resources, indie filmmakers often have to resort to using only a handful of locations (or just one), which can make a film seem static. Actors are frequently unpaid, or paid less-than-union wages, and in terms of quality performances, you often get exactly what you paid for. And your deeply “personal” story isn’t going to get any studio “interference” (i.e., outside input and guidance), so if you’re not careful, you may only ... Read more...
06.20.08 · 1:07 PM
Revolution reflects spirit of the festival
Despite the Killers not showing for their rumored appearance in the VIP section, good times were had by all at the CineVegas party at The Beatles Revolution Lounge on Wednesday night. The party had more of a laid-back feel than some of the other CineVegas soirees. Trevor Groth, artistic director for the festival, opted for jeans and a green plastic CineVegas visor. The party felt more like a rock show as up-and-coming band Low vs. Diamond took the stage. Sporting ... Read more...
06.20.08 · 1:02 AM
Faux drive-in better in theory than in practice
I admit that when the CineVegas lineup was first announced, as much as I was looking forward to seeing all the exciting and interesting independent films that the programmers had discovered, the thing that most caught my interest was the event Downtown re-creating the old drive-in experience and showing Them!, a 1954 sci-fi movie about giant ants. This to me seemed like the sort of fun, unique thing that CineVegas ought to do more of, something that celebrates cinema in ... Read more...
06.19.08 · 8:22 PM
Further thoughts on shorts
CineVegas’ second and final shorts program wasn’t as strong as the first, and some of the more arty, experimental entries were particularly bad (I’m still puzzling over and annoyed by Andrew Mausert-Mooney’s Flok). As in the first shorts program, the best efforts were generally the small character studies, most notably Myna Joseph’s Man, a beautiful and touching story about a pair of teenage sisters dealing with emerging sexuality in very different ways. It had a lovely naturalistic look and wonderful ... Read more...
06.19.08 · 4:32 PM
CineVegas to-do list #31: See a movie star
CineVegas to-do list #31: See a movie star With CineVegas 2008 wrapping up this Saturday night, you only have one more chance to complete CineVegas to-do list item #31: See a movie star. For the past week and a half A, B and G-list celebs have invaded our city, working red carpets, sipping free Grey Goose and even catching a film or two. If you missed the Britney sighting at Palms Place, Rainn Wilson giving interviews in ‘80s rocker gear ... Read more...
06.19.08 · 1:27 PM
A wrap on UNLV (not so) shorts
For the first time in the history of the UNLV Short Film Showcase, the university’s president, provost and dean were all in attendance. You would think the students would be on their best behavior but this was not the case. The raucous row behind me began their night by throwing popcorn at their friends and proceeded to answer a cell phone during the screening and capped if off by kicking me not once, but twice, in the head as their ... Read more...
06.19.08 · 1:04 PM
Sapphire after-party tops for CineVegas crowd
Fellow Las Vegans should rest content that we treated all out-of-town filmmakers and critics to a good time Tuesday night. Sapphire Gentleman’s Club hosted the after-party for all CineVegas-goers not content with calling it a night after Tao shut its big wooden doors. Groups bedecked in CineVegas press passes headed to Industrial Road in designated-driven carpools, on a quest for carnal delights. After all, when in Vegas, you’ve got to do it like the Vegans, and Vegans do it in ... Read more...
06.19.08 · 12:43 PM
Stand doc a force on the big screen
I finally caught the Hank Greenspun documentary Where I Stand on the big screen Wednesday afternoon at Brenden Theaters. The only time I’d seen the film previously was when I watched it on DVD, on my laptop, for the preview story I wrote for last week’s LV Weekly print edition. The film is far more effective on the big screen (as are most films, except for The Strangers, which is awful in any format), leading with three pounding keystrokes from ... Read more...
06.19.08 · 11:56 AM
Winding up in the gutter with Morgan Spurlock
It was 3 a.m. when Morgan Spurlock yelped, “You got a turkey! Gobble-gobble-gobble!” He was shouting this next to me but not at me. His fowl outburst was directed at John Corey, producer and director of Lost in the Fog, one of the better documentaries premiering this week at CineVegas. We were bowling, see, at Gold Coast. It was long past midnight. And Corey had just blasted all of the pins in the pit, thrice over. “Gobble, man!” Spurlock reiterated ... Read more...
06.18.08 · 5:11 PM
Time to party with the big ants
CineVegas Film Festival organizers found Las Vegas Drive-In too far removed from the festival headquarters at the Palms to stage a sanctioned event out on Carey Road and Rancho Drive. So they are building their own drive-in, a bit closer and on a locale with a (slightly) more inviting atmosphere, downtown Las Vegas. On the corner of 3rd and Ogden streets, specifically, where the throwback horror film Them! will be shown on an outdoor inflatable screen just off the Fremont ... Read more...
06.18.08 · 1:10 PM
CineVegas at first blush
CineVegas 2008 has provided many firsts for this Las Vegas lady, and this past Monday night I racked up a few more. After navigating through a sweltering hot parking garage, I finally found my way into the Wynn. For the first time. It certainly made an impression, as if just by walking in I had suddenly inherited a trust fund. I scurried past the blackjack tables and straight to a deep glowing nightclub: Blush, the host of this evening’s CineVegas ... Read more...
06.18.08 · 12:23 PM
Keeping it too real in “Donde Estan Sus Historias”
The majority of the 73 minutes of ¿Donde estan sus historias? are unexciting ones, time that I could have better spent. I was forced to sit at a dinner table, multiple times, and watch a family eat their meal in awkward silence. I was stuck in the back of a pickup truck with an ugly and boring woman. I had to watch someone peel an entire orange. Worst of all, I had to follow along behind the protagonist as he ... Read more...
06.18.08 · 11:13 AM
When art worlds collide
Much like CineVegas art-scene docs The Cool School (Ferus Gallery, LA, 1950s) and Beautiful Losers (Alleged Gallery, New York, 1990s), Tuesday’s “Marginal: Art for Its Own Sake” panel was both colorful and chaotic. With Billy Al Bengston, Ed Moses and sometime-artist Dennis Hopper representing Ferus, Stephen Powers, Jo Jackson and Geoff McFetridge representing Alleged and critic Dave Hickey thrown in for good measure, dominant themes included creating in a vacuum, placing a monetary value on works and leaving a legacy. ... Read more...
06.18.08 · 10:42 AM
All Together Now, let’s list some non-album Beatles faves
The film I’ve been most eager to see at this year’s CineVegas Film Festival premieres tonight (and today is Paul McCartney’s 66th birthday). It’s All Together Now, the documentary chronicling the behind-the-scenes conflicts and triumphs during the creation of Love at The Mirage. What I’m most interested in from this authorized project is how deep the conflicts actually were during the creative process, and how much of that material made the final cut. I have heard that one of the ... Read more...
06.17.08 · 10:06 PM
Three cheers for local filmmaking
Despite how much the festival has grown in the last several years, CineVegas never forgets the community it operates in, and always offers a program of local short films, in addition to showcases for UNLV and CSN students. The Nevada Filmmaking Shorts program seems to get more accomplished every year, and the 2008 slate was refreshingly devoid of any egregious misfires (hello, half-hour documentary about buffets). Instead it was full of accomplished, well-made shorts mostly from local talent, with just ... Read more...
06.17.08 · 5:06 PM
Sonic Youth documentary a largely staged affair
Michael Albright was just a twinkle in his parents’ eyes when Sonic Youth first hit the scene in 1981. Albright, who directed and edited the documentary Sonic Youth: Sleeping Nights Awake,was a long-term substitute teacher when he began working on Project Moonshine. This organization offers high school students a creative outlet by giving them the chance to film documentaries on issues of importance in their community. Albright led a group of seven high school students who filmed a documentary about ... Read more...
06.17.08 · 12:55 PM
Life imitates art
About 40 minutes into Go Go Tales, a malfunctioning tanning bed bursts into flames, threatening to burn Ray Ruby’s Paradise to the ground. Not a moment later, the print itself catches on fire, and the image onscreen disintegrates before our eyes. Read more...
06.17.08 · 9:50 AM
The scoop on the poop-inspired Planting the Seeds at Wynn LV
It was the most inspired celebration of crap in Las Vegas since Starlight Express was staged at the Las Vegas Hilton. But unlike the regretful Andrew Lloyd Webber skate musical, renowned contemporary artist Takashi Murakami’s poop-fueled Planting the Seeds did indeed use actual manure as the center of its simplistic, childlike storyline. The 12-minute animated feature, one of the dozens of events hosted by CineVegas, was displayed Tuesday night on the giant waterfall screen at the Lake of Dreams at ... Read more...
06.17.08 · 12:12 AM
Today I made a last-minute adjustment to my CineVegas schedule, heading to the press & industry screening of Finally, Lillian and Dan this morning before I had to take care of some things in the Weekly office, thanks almost entirely to this rapturous review by one of my favorite critics, Karina Longworth. I’d already been somewhat intrigued by the movie’s description on the CineVegas website and had hoped to possibly see it, but was resigned to the fact that I ... Read more...
06.17.08 · 12:06 AM
Disturbing revelations in Memorial Day Q&A
When one of the filmmakers behind Memorial Day described his film as a cross between Girls Gone Wild and the IMF (International Monetary Fund), I was necessarily curious. “It starts in Ocean City, Maryland and ends in an international incident,” director Josh Fox offered as an explanation from behind dark-framed glasses. The flyer he’d just given me featured a quote from the New York Times deeming Fox an “adventurous impresario.” Though visibly nervous, he looked the part. After seeing Memorial ... Read more...
06.16.08 · 11:58 PM
CineVegas: not just for the out-of-towners
Rocker red carpets and Get Smart benefit screenings are all well and good, but long lines and jammed theaters aren’t merely indicative of high-profile projects boasting blinding star wattage. For instance, folks were still trying to find seats when the world premiere of Where I Stand—a documentary about the colorful life of Hank Greenspun as narrated by Anthony Hopkins—finally started 15 minutes late. The unveiling offered the most fascinating people-watching experience yet, particularly when an elderly, self-described “close friend of ... Read more...
06.16.08 · 5:23 PM
Unintended local tie-in for Murakami artwork
I just heard something quite odd in the CineVegas Conde Nast lounge/game room/media center: The Murakami work, titled Planting The Seeds, the one to be shown in a few hours at Lake Of Dreams at Wynn Las Vegas, the animated work that is part of a new full-length animated film by the vaunted Japanese contemporary artist, the segment at that has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art in L.A. and the Brooklyn Museum, the one that has received ... Read more...
06.16.08 · 4:48 PM
Audience response and the entertainment value of documentaries
“It’s supposed to be funny,” I am informed by the woman sitting to the left of me, whose friend apparently had seen the film the previous night and had given her the tip. “It’s really funny,” echoes the man sitting on my right, “I saw it last night.” Normally I would consider a repeat viewing to be a ringing endorsement, except it turns out that the guy is the brother of Ryan Avery, the subject of Hi My Name is ... Read more...
06.16.08 · 4:33 PM
Awfully deliberate or deliberately awful?
I’ve only seen four films at the festival so far, but it seems to me that the big euphemism at this year’s CineVegas is “deliberate pacing.” Now, a slower pace is par for the course with independent films, and there’s nothing wrong with including some leisurely paced, ponderous moments—so long as you’ve given the audience something to ponder. But the material in the films I’ve seen has been anorexically thin, cloaked in latex fat-suits of pretentiousness. Studios are infamous for ... Read more...
06.16.08 · 3:55 PM
Assimilation is complete
Remember that Super Nintendo commercial from the early ‘90s featuring kids eating, drinking, sleeping and, as one unfortunate’s hands pixilated, being Super Nintendo? At times that’s how it feels to be a part of CineVegas—that these 10 days leave films, parties and Red Bull haunting your dreams and dripping from your pores. There are signs and banners; a million television, print and online previews, news stories and reviews; people, people and more people. And not even breakfast is safe, as ... Read more...
06.16.08 · 3:28 PM
Born on the Bijou: Phillips center of the action at Palms Pool party
Following the screening of the noir musical Dark Streets, set in 1930s New Orleans, the film’s cast and crew—along with the cast and crew from Big Heart City and Happy Birthday, Harris Malden—joined members of the media for an after-party at the Palms Pool. To tell you the truth, it was more of an after-get-together, the type where people stand around or sit with drinks in their hands. The big event of the night was Bijou Phillips singing a couple ... Read more...
06.15.08 · 10:41 PM
Patriotism at its most awkward
It’s not every short preceding a feature that garners attention on its own accord, but there it is in the official literature: “Chelsea on the Rocks (Preceded by To Kill an American, Director: Matthew Modine).” Obviously it’s the semi-famous actor at the helm rather than the three-minute film itself earning the mention, but with such a pedigree and the promise of oh-so-intriguing violence, interest is piqued either way. Unfortunately, what unspools is the caliber of those Saturday-morning “The More You ... Read more...
06.15.08 · 9:17 PM
Style vs. substance
Aside from the entertaining but TV-quality documentary Last Cup, my favorite films of the festival so far have been Jake Mahaffy’s Wellness and Rachel Samuels’ Dark Streets, two movies that probably could not be more opposite in their aesthetic approaches. Wellness is visually crude and technically awkward; many scenes are not properly lighted, and the sound is sometimes distorted. Mahaffy warned the audience before the screening that the movie was rough, in terms of both content and filmmaking, and he ... Read more...
06.15.08 · 7:20 PM
Slimmed-down Rock has dropped a few stones
As a defensive for the 1991 University of Miami national champion football team, Dwayne Johnson was listed at 6-foot-4, 255 pounds. But as his star has grown, he’s shed some poundage. Johnson (who is also shedding the nickname “The Rock”) still stands 6-4, but after watching him work his way down the red carpet before today’s premiere of Get Smart at Planet Hollywood, it’s obvious he’s considerably lighter than 255. Adroitly employing a football frame of reference to illustrate my ... Read more...
06.15.08 · 9:01 AM
Philly film crew’s effort, more than film, deserves applause
Film critics have tough jobs. I’ve never been one to assume or expect that the job is merely watching films, and it isn’t only because to be a film critic is to watch a lot of bad films. Without charting the good/bad ratio statistically, I’d bet that there are many more bad films in wide release that critics must review,than good ones. I think you become accustomed to riding out a couple hours worth of bad material and explaining why ... Read more...
06.15.08 · 2:58 AM
Here’s to H2O
As someone long skeptical about this whole eight-glasses-of-water-a-day edict passed down however long ago, I gotta say the second-best thing a laminated CineVegas credential gives one access to (aside from the, you know, movies and all) is the water. Though Red Bull’s nice to have on hand as far as sponsors go, there’s free Fiji every time you turn around, with bottles on ice strategically scattered around the lounge, arranged in an eye-pleasing diamond shape on trays circulating at Wednesday ... Read more...
06.14.08 · 4:30 PM
Wait! Stop everything! It’s mariachi!
I am working right now. But do know the real news from here at the CondeNast CineVegas Lounge at the Palms? Mariachi! I kid not. It is La Proxima Ola Happy Hour! Over the years I have worked in some strange conditions. I’ve filed stories from rickety press boxes in places like Corning and Red Bluff, Calif. I’ve written stories on a Radio Shack TRS-80 (“trash-80,” we called them) while a passenger in a convertible VW Beetle. I have dictated ... Read more...
06.14.08 · 3:55 PM
Underdog Lost In The Fog is a good trip to the doc
To put it in horse-racing terms, John Corey had a great ride: a cantankerous horse owner seemingly pulled from a fable, the storybook setting of San Francisco and a horse that, for a time, appeared unbeatable. At the risk spoiling key plot points even in a documentary, Corey’s Lost In The Fog is a great sprint with a wrenching conclusion. The documentary, which made its premiere Saturday, is a stirring and heartbreaking chronicle of the two-year career of an out-of-nowhere ... Read more...
06.14.08 · 2 PM
Film critics gone wild
As someone who’s been going to CineVegas for six years but hasn’t been to a single festival party, I’m always amused to see evidence of film geeks cutting loose and getting down at Vegas hot spots. Film Threat’s CineVegas blog coverage is full of images of their writers (and some other film journalists) living it up Vegas-style, and Indie Wire’s Eric Kohn also has at least one party pic of his own, along with some typical out-of-towner observations about Vegas. ... Read more...
06.14.08 · 9:40 AM
Groth growth philosphy for festival: Don’t get too big
The CineVegas Film Festival has grown in every measurable way since opening at Paris Las Vegas in 1998, and Artistic Director Trevor Groth says it might be at its limit. “I think we’re in a pretty good place, I really do,” he said Friday night during the festival’s 10th anniversary party at Simon at Palms Place. “There is always room for improvement, and we’ll always grow in the sense that we’ll refine the festival and keep moving forward. But in ... Read more...
06.14.08 · 8:53 AM
Some sound advice from Dr. Hopper
During a video interview for this Web site (and with expert assistance from Greenspun Media Group multimedia whiz Sean Hellwig), I asked Dennis Hopper about being clean and sober for 25 years, which he is. I think the question went, “Dennis, what about being clean and sober for 25 years? How does one do that?” He thought for a moment, then said, “Don’t drink alcohol or take narcotics. That’s how you do it.” He also said that, of all the ... Read more...
06.14.08 · 8:12 AM
Spears under close observation at Palms Place
Over the past couple of days I have attended the unveiling of new white tiger cubs to be on display at the Siegfried & Roy Secret Garden at The Mirage, and crossed paths with Britney Spears at the CineVegas party at the Simon at Palms Place. In one event I was able to observe the rare, exotic, mercurial, sometimes uncontrollable entertainment sideshow. The other was the white tiger event. I’d heard murmurings about Spears throughout the day from those attending ... Read more...
06.14.08 · 3:31 AM
Grading the grub
Festival chairman Dennis Hopper, artistic director Trevor Groth and well-moustachioed Pioneer Documentaries jurist Morgan Spurlock were among those taking in the 55th-floor views from Ghostbar’s outdoor patio at Tuesday’s Filmmakers’ Reception/Happy Hour sponsored by Netflix. The gelatinous purple, green and orange lumps one server described as “like the best Fruit Roll-Ups you’ve ever have”: 2 stars. Miniature chocolate-banana-cream pies: 5 stars. Later in the evening, Bill Pullman, fresh from his Your Name Here premiere, joined the surprisingly low-key 10th-anniversary party ... Read more...
06.13.08 · 7:10 PM
Thoughts on shorts
Short films tend to get overlooked easily at film festivals, but one of the great things that CineVegas does is make sure that doesn’t happen. This year’s festival includes two regular shorts programs, plus screenings dedicated to shorts from local filmmakers and from students at UNLV and CSN. There are also a substantial number of shorts playing before festival features, which is a great way to make sure that people who wouldn’t ever bother going to the shorts programs see ... Read more...
06.13.08 · 6:48 PM
For everything else, there’s CineVegas …
Spying The Rocker‘s Fred Armisen outside the Brenden Theatres restrooms, talking to a leggy blonde with pink facepaint flaring upward from her eye sockets: zero dollars. Watching him slowly pick his way through the throngs queued up at Nathan’s, Panda Express and McDonald’s: Priceless. Read more...
06.13.08 · 7:33 AM
CineVegas snares a winner with Wilson’s The Rocker
Well, the first movie was a good movie. CineVegas opened at the Palms’ Brenden Theaters with The Rocker, featuring Rainn Wilson as a deposed drummer from an ’80s hair-metal band called Vesuvius that rose to glory just after tossing aside Wilson’s character (Robert “Fish” Fishman). Fish winds up tumbling into a role with his teenage nephew’s band (called A.D.D., in case you’re wondering what that means when you start seeing the T-shirts) and, as they say, hi-jinks ensue. In the ... Read more...
06.12.08 · 7:33 PM
He’s no Cormac McCarthy, but still …
I’d be willing to wager a crisp Mr. Hamilton … er, Lincoln, that the general populace would overwhelmingly recognize the name “Chuck Palahniuk” over “Sam Rockwell.” Nothing against the Confessions of a Dangerous Mind star and this year’s Half-Life Award winner, but folks have actually been known to vomit and/or pass out at Choke readings; the same can’t be said (as far as we know) of Charlie’s Angels. Not to mention that David Fincher wouldn’t have earned mad propers for ... Read more...
06.10.08 · 1:06 PM
From UNLV to CineVegas in 48 hours flat
Running around town with a camera, crew and a looming 48-hour deadline, approximately 30,000 amateur filmmakers in 55 cities created short films for the 2007 48-Hour Film Project. Starting Friday evening, they had exactly 48 hours to write, shoot, edit and score their short films, which screened at local theaters the following week where they were scored by the audience and a panel of judges. In each city the competition dictated specific elements that had to be incorporated into each ... Read more...
06.5.08 · 5:44 PM
Sex, drugs and noir musicals: CineVegas Must-sees
Feeling overwhelmed by the myriad CineVegas screening choices? Ignorant of which independent films are potential cinematic spectaculars? Josh Bell, the Weekly’s preeminent film critic, has taken the trouble to break CineVegas down for you into a few must-see movies. Dark Streets: A noir musical set in the 1930s and starring the always unstable Bijou Phillips will either be awesome or awesomely bad. Your Name Here: A meta-movie about a fictionalized version of sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick, whose own novels ... Read more...
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May 15, 2013
by Sabrina Chapman
This Sunday, XS nightclub celebrates the grand reopening of its after-dark pool party, Night Swim. Along with the bash comes a new offering of signature cocktails served by the pitcher, ...